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10/21/2003 Drake publishes new book of poetry

McMINNVILLE – Poet Barbara Drake has published a new chapbook of poetry that celebrates her love of country living.

"Small Favors" was published by Traprock Books in Eugene and reflects Drake's life on the Yamhill County farm she shares with her husband. The new poetry book complements "Peace at Heart," a book of essays published by the Oregon State University Press in which Drake writes about her observations and relationships to nature, her family and the cycle of seasons she experiences at her rural home.

Drake will present readings from "Small Favors" at the following locations:

Salem: Jackson's Books, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.

KBOO radio: Nov. 17, 10 p.m., "The Talking Earth," hosted by Barbara LaMorticella.

North Bend: North Bend Public Library, Dec. 13, 1 p.m.

"Small Favors" features such poems as "The Owl," "Letting the Sheep Out" and "Road Without Wires." Some of the poems in this collection are new, while others have been previously published. All capture a different aspect of life on a small farm in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range and reflect Drake's humor and fascination with country living.

"Poetry is sometimes like photography for me, whether it's a snapshot or a carefully composed portrait – it's life as I see it," Drake said. "I write about what catches my attention, and later, in revision, try to understand what that moment of attention means. I hope others will enjoy or identify with the experience."

Drake is a professor of English at Linfield College. "Peace at Heart," published in 1998, was an Oregon Book Award finalist. Her college textbook, "Writing Poetry," has been in print since 1983. She has published several books of poetry including "What We Say to Strangers, "Life in a Gothic Novel" and "Love at the Egyptian Theatre."

Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including "The Plain Truth of Things," "American Nature Writing 1999," "American Sports Poems," "The New Geography of Poets," "Varieties of Hope" and "From Here We Speak."

She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Northwest Area Foundation grant to study British poetry in England and the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press "Animals in Poetry" 2000 anthology first prize. She held the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship at Linfield in 1993-94.

Drake received her bachelor's and Master's of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Oregon.

"Small Favors" is available at independent bookstores and through libraries or through Traprock Books, 1330 East 25th Avenue, Eugene, Ore. 97403.